COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new study suggests that the “Great Resignation” during the COVID-19 pandemic might involve dissatisfaction at home more than work dissatisfaction. Specifically, the study asked parents about sacrificing jobs for their children’s mental health.
On Our Sleeves: the Movement for Children’s Mental Health this month is releasing findings of its 2022 research. It found that nearly half of parents indicated their child’s mental health had disrupted their ability to work on most days during the prior year.
On Our Sleeves (OOS) surveyed nearly 2,000 parents in April 2022 and subsequently interviewed some of them for its study.
Besides work day disruption, OOS’ research found that a third of working parents reported changing or quitting their jobs in the prior two years — the core of the pandemic — because of children’s mental health interests.
OOS says, “At a time when terms like ‘The Great Resignation’ and ‘Quiet Quitting’ are becoming increasingly more common when talking about the post-pandemic workplace, a new national study shows working parents are reaching their breaking point and feeling the need to choose between home and work when their child’s mental health needs their attention.”
The study, led by researchers at On Our Sleeves — the national movement for children’s mental health — identifies different levels of parental concern with their child’s mental health. It found that, “Mental Health Disrupted parents feel less able than comparison group parents to:
- Handle job stress
- Finish hard work tasks
- Take pleasure in work
- Feel hopeful about finishing work tasks
- Focus on work goals
- Have the energy to complete all work”
On Our Sleeves’ report addressed work-place factors for parents measuring job demands with family lift, while focusing on children’s mental health interests.
OOS is a part of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and says it “is committed to providing evidence-informed educational resources to every community in the US”
After a 2021 quantitative survey and online qualitative discussion groups “to assess the perceived disruption of children’s mental health on working parents’ ability to work and overall business impact,” its 2022 study goal is “to explore parents’ attitudes and beliefs about child mental health issues and their connection to work, and understand the role that children’s mental health issues/concerns and benefits/resources play in influencing parents’ employment decisions.”